The massive storm that was Hurricane Sandy brought havoc and destruction to the Northeast’s coast, with damage reported from New Jersey to Maine. But in the days leading up to the storm, the rising swells presented an opportunity of a lifetime for Northeast surfers, who saw it as chance to ride some of the region’s best waves ever. Below are some videos of surfers taking advantage of the waves in the days before the storm.

Colin surfing Hurricane Sandy 10.28.12 from Jon Bocksel on Vimeo. (Colin Palmer surfing Sandy off Rockaway Beach, New York, on Oct. 28.)


Brent Rose surfing the lead edge of Rockaway Beach, New York, on Oct. 28.

Surfing in Middletown, Rhode Island, Oct. 28.